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  • Urban hermit
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    Originally posted by Salinator View Post
    Beijing had huge issues with their water venues. The Chinese Olympic Committee turned to a US company that produces aquarium and pond water conditioners and bacteria.
    Beijing did have enormous challenges, but the Chinese had wealth and a stable society.
    Rio has terrible problems with stark poverty and corruption, political upheaval and lack of basic sanitation and no will to change things.

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  • Salinator
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
    What about all the boating sports that are to take place in what is little more than an untreated cesspool?
    Beijing had huge issues with their water venues. The Chinese Olympic Committee turned to a US company that produces aquarium and pond water conditioners and bacteria.

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  • Urban hermit
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    Health experts urge WHO to consider moving Rio Olympics

    The support to move the games is growing..

    Too Little, Too Late.

    LONDON (AP) -- Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.

    The 150 experts - including former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin - issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated ''in the name of public health.''

    The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects, most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis. The authors also noted that despite increased efforts to wipe out the mosquitoes that spread Zika, infections in Rio have gone up rather than down.

    Several public health academics have previously warned that having hundreds of thousands of people head to the Aug. 5-21 games in Brazil will inevitably lead to the births of more brain-damaged babies and speed up the virus' global spread. Most people infected by Zika suffer only minor symptoms including fever, a rash and muscle or joint pain.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more...fVc?li=BBnba9I

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  • Half Pint John
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    Originally posted by Persephone View Post
    If athletes stay within the perimeters of the Olympic Village , they should be fine.




    Good thing the 2010 Vancouver Games did not have to worry about this virus. There were a lot of sex going on there...they even ran out of condoms.
    What about all the boating sports that are to take place in what is little more than an untreated cesspool?

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  • Persephone
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    If athletes stay within the perimeters of the Olympic Village , they should be fine.




    Good thing the 2010 Vancouver Games did not have to worry about this virus. There were a lot of sex going on there...they even ran out of condoms.

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  • Grognard Gunny
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    Then there's the "political" side to the whole mish mash.... In that Brazil IS a big layer in the area.... AND we want to keep things smooth down there.....

    ... we would tend to keep our alliances intact. (i.e. NO boycotts.)

    GG

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  • Mountain Man
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    Responsible nations can simply boycott them.

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  • Urban hermit
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    While the Zika epidemic is the main concern in the article, the health standards in Rio are sub standard, crime is so out of control authorities have taken to bribing gangs to police their own areas, police are corrupt, in general it was the worse possible choice, and that was before the political upheaval that is now underway.
    Postpone them till next year, move events between several of the previous host city's.

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  • Grognard Gunny
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
    Who had them last time? Rio should have had the plug pulled years ago.

    To late to move them for this year. Looks like the reasonable thing to do is cancel or individual country's boycott for health reasons. In the future no 3rd world country get's the games.
    Absolutely!

    GG

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  • Mountain Man
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    It's become a huge waste of money for the hosting nations, building giant sport complexes that are either subsequently under-used or not used at all.

    Nations have better things to do with that kind of money, and it's become a corrupt professional athletic match instead of the original concept of amateurs competing.

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  • BF69
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    Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
    Aren't they having great difficulty finding places to host the games? Or is that just the winter games?

    I seem to recall reading something about that.
    Yes to both. It is becoming more difficult due to the increasing size & expense. The IOC keeps loading on more sports to increase the TV audience, increasing the cost. The number of serious bidders for games are decreasing as the supposed benefits to the host cities are often illusory. Even more so with the Winter games, where most of the facilities are useless afterwards. Thus you get Sochi, a dictator's vanity project. Some Summer games cities do OK, like Sydney, others end up with a collection of disintegrating white elephants, like Athens.

    On the OP, according to athletes I've heard interviewed the two worst run games in the last 20 years were Atlanta & especially Athens. Rio is likely to be worse than the former, but probably not a lot worse than the latter.

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
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    Aren't they having difficulties finding hosts for the games?

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
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    Aren't they having great difficulty finding places to host the games? Or is that just the winter games?

    I seem to recall reading something about that.

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  • MarkV
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    Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
    Give the games to two different country's permanently. One for the summer games and one for the winter games.
    Probably politically impossible, it would take 80 years or longer to reach any consensus as to which hemispheres those should be let alone cities. Anyway who does the giving? The IOC has not long cleaned up its act but I suspect that it wouldn't stay that way if it had to take a decision like that - with the huge wealth it could bring to one city or another.

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  • Half Pint John
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    It isn't just a problem of virus as much as it is of plain filth of the waters. This was know back when Rio was awarded the games.

    Give the games to two different country's permanently. One for the summer games and one for the winter games.

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